Installing Subversion on Windows

At first I was apprehensive about installing Subversion on Windows. I was concerned because the web site mentions Apache, and Apache isn’t on my Windows virtual machine. Did I really want another web server running on this machine?

Then, about a month ago, I decided to give it a try, so I installed the Tigris version for Windows. To my surprise, it was pretty easy to install, Apache was included in the install package.  The main problem I had was figuring out how to run Subversion as a service rather than a simple application.

Then, about a week ago, I decided to change the virtual machine Subversion was installed on. This time, I installed the CollabNet package of Subversion. Wow! This was even easier. It took care of installing everything I needed. Here are the steps I took, very loosely followed from this page on Setting up Subverion on Windows:

  1. Download and install the package from Collabnet
  2. Added a Environmental variable called SVN_EDITOR pointing to c:\windows\notepad.exe
  3. Modified the file C:\Program Files\CollabNet Subversion Server\httpd\conf\httpd.conf to so Apache would Listen to a port other than 80, as 80 interfered with Microsoft Content Management System and IIS already on the machine
  4. Created a Subverion Repository
  5. Because Subversion was already installed on another virtual server, and I wanted to keep that repository, I simply copied the entire folder from one server to the other.

Copying the repository from one server to the other almost trivial. Just copied it in, and it worked. I highly recommend the package from CollabNet.

The hardest part of changing servers was that I had to use the Relocate… command to point all my working directories to this new repository.  Not a hard thing to do, but it took a few minutes to do this every working directory.

So far, I’ve been very pleased with the way Subversion has been working for me. I’m very close to expanding it to include the other people on our development staff. Unfortunately, this will mean yet another server install, moving the repository, and relocating all the working directories. At least when this time comes, I’m confident that the change will be easy.

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